After a very respectable showing at “The Big Dance” in which the Oregon Ducks took a # 12 seeded team to a Sweet 16 game, the Ducks look to expand upon their success and go even further in 2013-2014.
Fans can’t ask much more as Oregon not only made it to the Sweet 16, but gave Louisville a run for their money in a 77-69 comeback loss. The Ducks made a 2nd half run that showed that this is a team of determination.
This will be a year of rebuilding as the Ducks lose 4 of their top 5 scorers in E.J. Singler, Carlos Emory, Arsalan Kazemi, and Tony Woods as they’ve played out their eligibility.
A lot of the focus this season will be on this sophomore guard who had a big freshman season as the team’s 2nd leading scorer at 11.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Dotson showed that he’s a big game player as he brought his “A game” to the Big Dance last year. He averaged 17.3 points per game in the NCAA tournament, highlighted by a 23 point performance against St.Louis in the 3rd round of the Midwest Regionals.
Look for Dotson to take a stronghold on leadership duties.
Sophomore guard Dominic Artis saw a lot of “PT” in the Sweet 16 game against Louisville and he came up rather big with 12 points. Although inconsistent at times, Artis came up big for the Ducks at pivotal moments and he’ll be a key player this season as there will be more opportunity and more playing time.
Perspective players knew that they might see some immediate playing time and power forward Jordan Bell took full advantage of the opportunity as he committed to the Ducks as the 78th ranked player in ESPN’s top 100 Recruits.
Bell will be a beast on the defensive end of the court with his great leaping ability and long wingspan. This is an athletic player that will fill out and has a high upside.
Another recruit that might possibly fly under the radar is 3-star player and outside shooting specialist, A.J. Lapray.
Lapray will feel comfortable as he has family ties with Oregon University. AAU coach Ryan Schmidt, thinks that Lapray is a perfect fit for Oregon as he’s one of the best post up guards that he’s ever seen.
Lapray also has a high basketball I.Q , and is an unselfish player. Oregon can definitely use his offense and he should definitely make an immediate impact when facing teams like Arizona.
The Ducks won’t get much offensive efficiency from senior Johnathan Loyd, but the 5 foot 8 inch guard can provide a lot of energy on the court.
This is a player that can pass, pick pockets and pick up lose rebounds. The Ducks will need Loyd to be more effective on the offensive side of the ball, but this is a player that can hit the 3-ball when needed.
This team is in a bit of a rebuilding mode but should be solid for our NCAAB picks. The incoming freshman might surprise some opposing teams. This team should still be NCAA Tournament- bound, but everything needs to run as smoothly as possible to make that happen.